As the 2014 growing season approaches, different U.S. regions are facing starkly different water outlooks.
In eastern Oregon and western Idaho, producers of crops such as onions and mint are hoping for snow to supplement the tight carryover-water supply in many reservoirs, Capital Press reports. For example, the Owyhee Irrigation District in Oregon has just 58,000 acre-feet of carryover water –- down from the normal 500,000 acre-feet.
Meanwhile in southwest Georgia, the Albany Herald reports that farmers in the region got soaked this past year and are hoping for more moderate conditions ahead. From June through August alone, 32" of rain fell. That limited sunlight, hurting yields and delaying harvest for crops such as cotton and peanuts.